Agricultural mega-merger could make China leading GMO producer

•April 26, 2017 • 2 Comments

https://www.rt.com/business/385398-china-agriculture-mega-merger-gmo/

A $43 billion takeover deal that would merge Chinese state-owned agriculture company ChemChina and Swiss-owned seed company Syngenta is expected to turn the world’s second largest economy into a biotech titan.

In recent weeks, the deal has been approved by EU and US authorities. Once closed it will be China’s biggest overseas acquisition. It will create the world’s largest farm-business oligopoly, concentrating agricultural power in the hands of the three countries – the US, Germany, and China.

Experts call the future merger a chance for China to acquire valuable seed technology to feed its 1.3 billion population, which is consuming more meat and dairy products as the middle class expands.

The country relies heavily on food imports. It’s a major soybeans importer and the seventh largest importer of corn.

The deal has been strongly opposed by domestic anti-GMO campaigners. In recent years scandals have rocked the country, including one of tainted baby formula in 2008 and exploding watermelons in 2011.

The Syngenta takeover conflicts with the Chinese government’s promises to protect national food security. In 2016 Beijing announced that over the next four years the government would invest three trillion yuan ($435 billion) into developing the country’s agriculture.

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consolidation of power..

“It will create the world’s largest farm-business oligopoly, concentrating agricultural power in the hands of the three countries – the US, Germany, and China.”

and there it is..

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Cologne imposes no-fly zone as 50,000 left-wing activists plan to block AfD congress

•April 26, 2017 • 7 Comments

https://www.rt.com/news/385429-afd-cologne-nofly-zone/

Police and aviation authorities imposed a four-day no-fly zone over Cologne city center amid heightened security measures ahead of anti-immigrant AfD party congress. Over 50,000 left-wing protesters are planning to launch massive rallies to block the event.

The Alternative for Germany Party’s (AfD) convention is scheduled to take place this weekend at Cologne’s Maritim Hotel, but it is unlikely to go as smoothly as expected, causing more trouble to the far-right party already plagued by internal discords and shrinking popular support.

More than 4,000 police officers will be dispatched to ensure security in the city, a figure reminiscent to security measures during high-level international political events. Additionally, German authorities have imposed a four-day no-fly zone that will last from Thursday until Monday. All aircraft, including helicopters and drones, will be banned from flying over Cologne’s inner city, the police said.

The only exception will be made for German military and police flights as well as for any rescue or emergency aircraft.

Notably, a police spokesman failed to remember the last time a no-flight zone was imposed over the city, Die Welt reported.

The extraordinary security measures come as the city expects some 50,000 protesters to counter the AfD conference with organizers calling for “civil disobedience”. The activists, according to their campaign website, intend to “block” AfD members from entering the hotel by sitting and standing in their way.

Aside from the no-fly zone, authorities are also set to cordon off adjacent areas around the Maritim Hotel. Businesses in the area were told about police barriers, and were advised to decide for themselves, whether or not to remain open during the weekend, Rheinische Post reported.

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germany..more divided than when a wall went across berlin..

“The extraordinary security measures come as the city expects some 50,000 protesters to counter the AfD conference with organizers calling for “civil disobedience”. The activists, according to their campaign website, intend to “block” AfD members from entering the hotel by sitting and standing in their way.”

what caused this angst?

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China plans to build new city nearly three times the size of New York

•April 26, 2017 • 4 Comments

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/04/china-plans-build-new-city-nearly-three-times-the-size-of-new-york?CMP=fb_gu

A hitherto anonymous region near China’s smog-choked capital has been overrun by house buyers after Beijing unveiled “historic” plans to build a new city there in a bid to slash pollution and congestion.

Plans for the Xiongan New Area, a special economic zone that authorities say will eventually cover an area nearly three times that of New York, were announced by the Communist party’s top leaders on Saturday with a flurry of government propaganda.

In a joint statement two of China’s most powerful political bodies, the central committee and state council, described the new city, which will straddle three counties about 100km southwest of Beijing, as “a strategy crucial for a millennium to come”.

“[This is a] major historic and strategic choice made by the Chinese Communist party’s central committee with comrade Xi Jinping as the core,” the joint notice added using the latest political title to be bestowed upon China’s paramount leader.

Official news agency Xinhua said Xiongan’s creation would reduce pressure on China’s car-clogged, 22 million-resident capital, and “usher in a new chapter in the country’s historic transitioning to coordinated, inclusive and sustainable growth”.

“Xiongan will be an answer to China’s growth conundrum: breakneck urban sprawl must give way to a balanced and inclusive development strategy,” Xinhua added in a breathless commentary trumpeting the mega-project.

“More than a mere replica of China’s past success … it will tell the tale of the future of a new city.”

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nothing surprising here really..but..

will they actually fill it with people??

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Images 23/4/17

•April 24, 2017 • 18 Comments

this what facebook wants..a mind reading smart phone..

which one is the bunny?

you can try..but you cant change historical fact,,it is what it is..

ditto..

somebody is really keen on seeing others take refugees..but not so welcoming in their own state..

yep..

real truth..we have known this for years..

kylie jenner..knows the game..

one eye again..

something creeps me out over this image..

no forgery..just more evidence..that sits alongside a previous pic..this was emailed to HRC..

bingo..

this was huge ownage..now we DGAF..

if you agree with a few of these then you arent doing it right..

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Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen through to runoff

•April 24, 2017 • 12 Comments

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-24/macron-le-pen-through-to-runoff-in-french-election/8465782

Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are set to face each other in a May 7 runoff for the French presidency after coming first and second in the first round of voting overnight.

In a race that was too close to call up to the last minute, Mr Macron, a pro-European Union ex-banker and economy minister who founded his own party only a year ago, won the first round with roughly 24 per cent of the vote.

Ms Le Pen, leader of the anti-immigration and anti-EU National Front, came in second with 22 per cent.

Conservative candidate Francois Fillon and far-left contender Jean-Luc Melenchon both came up with roughly 20 per cent, meaning they were eliminated from the presidential race.

The result means that France will see a face-off between politicians with radically contrasting economic visions for a country whose economy lags behind that of its neighbours and where a quarter of young people are unemployed.

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as we predicted months ago..macron is the man..where the losers votes go in the second run off is the key..

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Bill Gates: Terrorists could wipe out 30 million people by weaponising a disease like smallpox

•April 24, 2017 • 6 Comments

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/04/19/bill-gates-terrorists-could-wipe-30-million-people-weaponising/

A bioterrorist attack which could wipe out 30 million people is becoming increasingly likely because it is easier than ever to create and spread deadly pathogens, Bill Gates has warned.

The Microsoft Founder, who was speaking ahead of speech at the Royal United Services Institute in London (RUSI), warned that an outbreak of a lethal respiratory virus like smallpox would be more dangerous than even a nuclear attack.

Mr Gates, whose charitable foundation funds research into quickly spotting outbreaks, said it was more important than ever to help foreign countries monitor diseases to prevent a global tragedy.

“Bioterrorism is a much larger risk than a pandemic,” he said.

“All these advances in biology have made it far easier for a terrorist to recreate smallpox, which is a highly fatal pathogen, where there is essentially no immunity remaining at this point.

“When you are thinking about things that could cause in excess of 10 million deaths, even something tragic like a nuclear weapons incident wouldn’t get to that level. So the greatest risk is from a natural epidemic or an intentionally caused infection bioterrorism events.

“Whether the next epidemic is unleashed by a quirk of nature or the hand of terrorist, scientists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. So the world does need to think about this.”

Last year the Nuffield Council of Bioethics warned that ‘garage scientists’ could unleash dangerous genetically modified organisms into the environment using unregulated technology which is already available online.

Chemistry kits which allow genetic editing can already be bought online for under £100.

Scientists are concerned that a new technique, called Crispr, is now so cheap and widely available that amateurs will start experimenting at home, or in school labs.

The technique works like genetic scissors to cut away DNA code and replace it with new genes. It has been hailed as one the most significant scientific breakthroughs in recent years, but there are fears that in the wrong hands, the procedure could unleash dangerous strains of bacteria or other organisms. Kits to make E.coli resistant to antibiotics are already for sale on the internet.

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but its not all doom and gloom..

“i have a vaccine for that!”

*sigh

“Scientists are concerned that a new technique, called Crispr, is now so cheap and widely available that amateurs will start experimenting at home, or in school labs.”

oh great..

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Venezuela crisis: Police fire tear gas as protests enter second day

•April 24, 2017 • 2 Comments

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39657887

Police in Venezuela have fired tear gas during the second day of violent protests in the capital, Caracas.

Three people were killed on Wednesday when opponents of President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets to march.

The huge protests in Caracas and western Venezuela come amid a serious economic crisis in the country.

Opposition leaders have accused Mr Maduro of ruling the country like a dictator; the president says opponents are trying to topple him by force.

Venezuela’s opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, earlier this week called on the public to take part in anti-government protests across the country to press their demands for early presidential elections and the release of jailed politicians.

On Thursday, police in Caracas, backed by armoured trucks, were targeted by a masked group of protesters hurling stones as they attempted to control the crowds.

There were multiple reports of riot police firing tear gas at demonstrators who were fleeing from the scene with their faces covered with masks and bandanas.

Some of Wednesday’s marches also turned violent after protesters clashed with members of the security forces and supporters of Mr Maduro.

Seventeen-year-old Carlos José Moreno was killed by a shot in the head in the centre of Caracas near an opposition demonstration.

A 23-year-old student, Paola Ramirez, was also shot dead in the city of San Cristobal, near the Colombian border.

Her boyfriend told Reuters news agency that they were chased by armed men on motorbikes as they were leaving an anti-government protest in the city, also on a motorbike.

A national guardsman was also shot and killed south of the capital.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/gm-halts-operations-in-venezuela-after-factory-is-seized/2017/04/20/6cd14b64-25bd-11e7-928e-3624539060e8_story.html?utm_term=.3e16e3d09b48

General Motors became the latest corporation to have a factory or other asset seized by the government of Venezuela, and the Detroit automaker faces an uphill battle to recover any damages.

GM said Thursday that its only factory in Venezuela was confiscated a day earlier, as anti-government protesters clashed with authorities in a country that is roiled by economic troubles. GM said assets such as vehicles were taken from the plant, causing the company irreparable damage.

The seizure is the latest in a long string of government confiscations of factories and other assets that have been a staple of the so-called 21st century socialist revolution in Venezuela started by the late Hugo Chavez two decades ago. Venezuela is currently fighting claims of illegal asset seizures at a World Bank-sponsored arbitration panel from more than 25 companies.

GM vowed to defend itself legally but getting compensated could be difficult. Under Chavez, Venezuela seized some Exxon Mobil assets. The oil giant sought compensation of $16.6 billion. The company won a $1.4 billion judgment, but earlier this year the arbitration panel determined that Venezuela had to pay only $180 million.

GM can seek compensation and damages for its lost plant in several different international venues, said Nigel Blackaby, a lawyer at the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer law firm, which has battled Venezuela in several high-profile cases in international courts. The venue depends on what treaties, if any, govern the investment, he said. While Exxon’s case was heard by the World Bank panel, Freshfields has successfully pursued claims against Venezuela’s government before a United Nations panel.

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on the brink..the squeeze is becoming unbearable..

the second article shows where the forces moving against maduro come from..pissed off globalist behemoths..

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